In The Media | 2 February 2017

Costly WA NDIS Model Could Leave People With Disability Worse Off Warns Labor

The proposed WA National Disability Insurance Scheme model could cost taxpayers millions and leave people with disability in Western Australia worse off, according to Labor.

In a joint statement, the shadow minister for families and social services Jenny Macklin and shadow minister for disability and carers Carol Brown have raised concerns over the cost of the proposed model, just days before the WA government is set to enter caretaker period.

The pair claim Productivity Commission estimates put administration costs at around 8 per cent of the total cost of the scheme, equivalent to $140 million in WA.

They called on Minister for Social Services Christian Porter and WA’s Minister for Disability Services Donna Faragher to “come clean” and say exactly how much extra it will cost for WA to administer its own scheme.

“In every other state and territory the Commonwealth Government is paying for the cost of administering the NDIS,” they said.

“But in Western Australia the Turnbull and Barnett governments want WA taxpayers to pay for the full cost of administering the NDIS.”

Source: Pro Bono Australia